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Enormous oarfish sighted off California coast

The huge — and rare — fish resembles a dragon, and has been little studied by science.
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A rare Oarfish. (Wikimedia commons)
A gigantic and extremely rare oarfish has been found off the California coast, allowing researchers a rare look into the lives of these dragon-like creatures.

Lady problems: world's strangest laws applied to women

Guess where women aren't legally allowed to drive while wearing a 'housecoat.'
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An Activist calling herself 'Aziza' defies a ban on women driving cars in Saudi Arabia, in a rare protest coordinated through social media under the banner "I will drive the car myself day". Still image taken from a video posted to YouTube on June 17, 2011 user "aziza134". (Youtube/YouTube)
Women's rights have advanced across the world, and legislation is catching up with the times. But not everywhere.

International hockey player caught in UK grocery store onion scam

A former international hockey player has been caught abusing UK self-scan grocery stores, passing off avocados for onions.
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The checkout line at a UK Sainsbury's grocery store. (Wikimedia commons)
A former international hockey player was busted in a self-scan grocery store scam, after a Sainsbury's security guard caught him attempting to pass off $35 in groceries as a passel of loose onions.

America’s difficult high-wire act in Egypt

In the face of a nearly impossible diplomatic dilemma, the US must continue to have an open mind toward Egypt.
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A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi demonstrates on July 16, 2013 under the Six October Bridge in the center of Cairo. (MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)
As the chaos in Egypt accelerates, Washington will have to think hard about the role it must play as the most influential outside force in that critical country.

Egypt: The "Tamarrod" (Rebellion) is planned for June 30, 2013

Commentary: On the one-year anniversary of Muhammad Mursi's presidency, growing political turmoil has left opposition leaders calling for the Egyptian leader to step down.
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Egyptian Islamist groups led by the ruling Muslim Brotherhood take part in a demonstration to mark the upcoming one year anniversary since President Mohamed Morsi (portrait) was elected, on June 21, 2013 in Cairo. Tens of thousands of Egyptian Islamists gathered for a show of strength in Cairo ahead of planned opposition protests against President Mohamed Morsi, highlighting the tense political divide in the Arab world's most populous state. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
June 30, 2013 will mark a significant moment in Egypt's post-Mubarak transition. On that day, the opposition to President Mursi has called for a 'Tamarrod' or rebellion demanding new presidential elections. It will contribute to Egypt's further descent to poverty and instability.

Morgue fridge for sale on eBay

The giant, "used" morgue fridge from New York's Office of General Services has drawn $2,000 in bids on eBay.
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New York's Office of General Services is selling this used, four-drawer morgue refrigerator on eBay. (eBay/Courtesy)

Looking for that special gift for the person who has everything?

You may find it on eBay, where a giant "used" but "fully operational" morgue refrigerator is being auctioned off by New York's Office of General Services.

That's right. A four-drawer fridge for the dead.


Nepal: Can Sherpas compete with North Face?

Locally manufacturered Sherpa Adventure Gear aims for elite status
Apa Sherpa, who recently won the Guinness World record for scaling Everest 21 times, says that the lack of snow on the mountain due to climate change may one day make it unclimbable. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

As Nepal celebrates the 60-year “Diamond Jubilee” of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 this week, Tashi Sherpa is celebrating an anniversary of his own.

Ten years ago, he was in the import-export business, when, as he was walking down the street in Manhattan, a magazine cover honoring Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Staring back at him from the cover was his uncle, Ang Gyalzen Sherpa, whom Tashi soon learned had been one of the porters on the historic expedition. Soon after, Sherpa Adventure Gear was born. 

“When I started this brand it was a tribute to all the unsung heroes of Everest, the ones who have sacrificed years and their lives making it easier for people to climb and supporting them,” Tashi said. “Essentially, we are the story.”

The word "Sherpa" has become synonymous with the word "guide" or "porter" on Mt. Everest, though it refers to an Indo-Tibetan ethnic group numbering around 150,000 in Nepal. 

More from GlobalPost: Mt. Everest: Sherpas getting a bad rap

Today, Sherpa Adventure Gear is Nepal's own answer to world famous mountaineering apparel brands like Patagonia and The North Face. And even in Kathmandu, the brand competes successfully against the Chinese knockoffs sold in the backpacker ghetto of Thamel – where a Gore-Tex shell with The North Face label costs less than a third of Tashi's made-in-Nepal originals.

Made in Nepal – because we make 80 percent of our production in Nepal – has been one of our big assets,” said Tashi. “People love the fact that we make our stuff in Nepal. We're very original, we're very authentic.” 


Obama's leadership challenge on Syria

Commentary: The US can no longer afford to stay on the sidelines in Syria, says GlobalPost's senior foreign affairs columnist.
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A slipper hangs on a vandalised poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on July 24, 2012. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)
If the evidence says Assad used chemical weapons, Obama cannot afford to let him get away with it. The risk is just too great in a region where others might resort to their use if Assad goes unpunished.

India: Armed and dangerous -- Update

Teenage school boy shot dead by four classmates in northern Indian state
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Indian police officers display a recovered weapon, a US-made .32 revolver and 20 rounds of Czech-made ammunition with five empty cartridge cases, during a press conference in Mumbai on June 27, 2011, which are alleged to have been used to kill a prominent Mumbai crime journalist. Indian police said they had arrested seven people for the murder of Jyotirmoy Dey and revealed that the hit was believed to have been ordered by an underworld boss. (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

India's battle with gun violence hit another milestone over the weekend, as a group of schoolboys allegedly shot and killed a classmate in Rohtak, Haryana.

Though the alleged incident took place at a religious function, rather than on school grounds, the age of the victim and suspects recalls India's first school shooting, the 2007 killing of 14-year-old Abishek Tiagi in nearby Gurgaon.

In the latest incident, a 15-year-old Class 10 student was allegedly shot dead by four classmates during a religious function in Meham, a town about 50 miles from New Delhi, early on Sunday, CNN/IBN quotes local police as saying. 

As GlobalPost reported in India: Armed and Dangerous, schoolyard gunplay remains rare around here. But thanks to a strange coincidence of Americanization and traditional machismo brought on by rapid economic growth, India has developed a gun obsession that makes Charlton Heston look like Gandhi.


Dennis Rodman is an FBI informant

And if you visit North Korea, you can become one too.
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Dennis Rodman speaks during the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on Aug. 12, 2011, in Springfield, Mass. Rodman's recent trip to North Korea makes him the latest in a long line of musicians, artists and athletes who have helped open Asian dictatorships to the world. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
And if you visit North Korea, you can become one too.